Widespread GPS disruptions show Tel Aviv motorists in Beirut amid fears of Iran strike

The Waze navigation app shows Tel Aviv motorists as if they were in Beirut on April 4, 2024 (Screenshot/Times of Israel)
The Waze navigation app shows Tel Aviv motorists as if they were in Beirut on April 4, 2024 (Screenshot/Times of Israel)

Residents of central Israel report widespread disruptions to navigation apps like Google Maps, Waze and other systems that use GPS with many Tel Aviv motorists being shown that they were in Beirut.

The GPS disruptions have previously been widely reported in northern Israel or areas close to Gaza, but have been less common in central Israel. They have been blamed on the Israel Defense Forces blocking some global positioning system (GPS) signals amid the ongoing war with the Palestinian terror group Hamas in the Strip and deadly clashes with Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

The disruptions in Tel Aviv come a day after the IDF said that it bolstered its air defense array and had called up reservists, as the country girded for a potential Iranian response to a strike in Syria earlier this week blamed on Israel in which several high-ranking Iranian military officials were killed.

There was no immediate IDF comment on the disruptions.

Both Iran and its proxy Hezbollah have vowed that Israel will not go unpunished for the Monday attack on a consular building next to Iran’s embassy in Damascus, which killed Mohammad Reza Zahedi, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ most senior official in Syria, along with his deputy, five other IRGC officers, and at least one member of the Hezbollah terror group.

Apart from the navigation problems, delivery and transport apps like Wolt and Gett were also reported to be experiencing disruptions and warned customers of delays.

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